Because they are usually owned or operated by a business, commercial vehicles tend to carry better insurance coverage than most personal vehicles.
Due to their size they cause the most catastrophic accidents on the road today. There are several major causes of big truck/commercial vehicle accidents. Some of them are:
It’s far too often that we see a commercial driver speeding and trying to weave his way through traffic at a high speed in order to meet a deadline. These can be some of the most horrific accidents due to the size and weight of the commercial vehicle.
It is very important to inspect the commercial vehicle and to review the maintenance records in order to determine if negligent maintenance was the cause of the accident. A skilled Tampa Injury Attorney can gather these key pieces of evidence and use them to properly and professionally prosecute your case. Some examples of accidents due to negligent maintenance are : tire blowouts due to worn tread or improper pressure, brake failure, defective load straps, failure to install an under-ride protection under-guard and worn wiper blades.
Overloaded Trucks or Trailers
Overloading or improperly loading a truck or trailer can cause a variety of hazards including : flying debris, diminished braking ability, shifting loads, diminished steering ability, jackknifing and overturning.
Truck drivers work long hours and must adhere to strict deadlines. Driver fatigue can impair judgment, vision, coordination, reaction time and can even lead to a driver dozing off behind the wheel.
Whether impaired by alcohol or drugs, the DUI truck driver is the most dangerous person on the road. Alcohol and Drugs impair judgment, ability to act in an emergency, ability to walk, talk, see, hear, stay awake, judge distances as well as balance and coordination. In a case with a DUI truck driver it is important to preserve both the evidence of the accident and the DUI.